Henry Ford Museum

The best way to explain the Henry Ford Museum is a Smithsonian with an entry fee.  It is an assortment of American history artifacts more than just cars.  What began as a collection of Henry Ford’s history objects he started collecting in 1906 turned into this amazing museum.  It is a collection of antique machinery, pop culture, automobiles, trains, airplanes, and American history.

The actual name of the campus is the Henry Ford.  It is composed of three parts, the Ford Museum of American Innovation (museum), Greenfield Village, and the Ford Rouge Factory Tour.  We went on a Sunday, so the Ford Rouge Factory Tours was closed.  The Ford Museum took up our whole morning and we didn’t even make it to Greenfield Village.  As a note Greenfield Village is outdoors and enjoyment is dependent on the weather.

1939 Douglas DC-3 Airplane

How much does it cost to go the Henry Ford Museum?

General Admission $24, Senior $22, Youth 5-11 $18, Under 5 Free, Parking $6. Tickers can be purchased in person or online.  Check for special discounts.  I had a little bit of a sticker shock at the cost, so it could get expensive for a large family.  Check out local discounts and the website for specials.

What city is the Henry Ford Museum in?

Dearborn, Michigan. A suburb of Detroit 10 miles west.

Ford Model T
Model T

How long does it take to tour the Henry Ford Museum?

We spent 3 hours in the museum and still did not get through it. It is recommend to plan about 5 hours at Greenfield Village and 2 hours at the Rouge Factory Tour.

How big is the Henry Ford Museum?

The total campus is 240 acres The main museum exhibit hall is about 12 acres. Greenfield Village is 90 acres.

What can you do at the Henry Ford Museum?

  • Kids can use crayons and paper to make imprints of different pictures.
  • Mold-a-rama. The smell of melted wax brought me all the way back.  They are all over the Ford Museum.  You can make molds of Model T Fords, Weinermobile, and Thomas Edisons’ first light bulb.
  • Build Model T.  This was interesting throughout the day you can help put together a Model T and experience a real assembly line. 
  • Rosa Parks Bus.  The actual restored bus is at the museum.  A curator tells a great story of the history and points out the exact spot she was sitting.
  • Thomas Edison’s last breath.  A little bizarre, but allegedly Thomas Edison’s last breath is in a vial at his request.
  • Presidential cars.  Several presidential motor vehicles from Ronald Reagan to Theodore Roosevelt are on display.  Including President Kennedy’s vehicle, he was riding in when assassinated.
  • Weinermobile.  I mean need I say more.  My inner child squealed with delight.
  • There are several machines, engines, and cars that you can sit in and experience.  Great photo opportunities.
  • Making and testing airplanes.  A cool area that you can make and test paper airplanes and compete for distance.
  • The Dymaxion House.  This is what a house of the future looked like in 1946.  Tours are available.

Should I bring a stroller?

The Ford Museum and the entire complex is a huge.  We did a lot of walking.  Bring a stroller or wagon for little kids.

Rosa Parks Bus
Rosa Parks Bus

What food options are available?

There are three options.  A concession stand offering traditional movie fare, hello popcorn!  Lamy’s Diner is a replica of an early 50’s diner serving diner standards.  The Michigan Café has an assortment of food and local area specialties.  You may bring in a small amount of food or beverage.

President Kennedy
President Kennedy’s Motorcar

I went with a multi-generational group.  It was great to hear the stories (albeit a little exaggerated) of the baby boomers in our group.  It put a totally different perspective seeing my era being reflected in history (hello, Class of 1999). 

Henry Ford described best. “I am collecting the history of our people as written into things their hands made and used . . When we are through, we shall have reproduced American life as lived, and that, I think, is the best way of preserving at least part of our history and tradition.”

Oscar Mayer Weinermobile
Wienermobile

Location

The Henry Ford

20900 Oakwood Blvd.

Dearborn, MI 48124

Hours

9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Website

The Henry Ford



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